Pressure continues to rise in the oil well which will extend the deadline to test if the stop will hold. (RTV: ABC News)
Gulf well test could exceed 48 hours: BP
A critical test on BP's blown-out Gulf of Mexico oil well could last beyond the original 48-hour deadline as pressure continued to rise very slowly, a company executive said on Saturday.
The pressure test is intended to show whether the blowout damaged the piping and cement inside the stricken well, which could allow oil and natural gas to leak out the sides and possibly breach the seabed.
The 48-hour mark originally touted as the end of the test loomed Saturday afternoon.
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